I am aware that .999 silver is very soft, but still useable and marketable. Unlike pure gold, which is very expensive, fine silver differs little in cost to sterling, and is in fact much cheaper than some tarnish resistant alloys (namely those containing platinum group metals). It is immune to both firescale and firestain and is slower to tarnish. I imagine that, with good care, fine silver jewellery should last a lifetime. Am I mistaken? I’ve noticed that fine silver tends to scratch a little faster initially, but after a while you can’t tell any difference between scratches in sterling and fine silver. Yes it rings might deform, but it can always be straightened out, and pendants and decently thick chains shouldn’t be a problem. What are your thoughts, especially those who regularly work with fine silver?